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ar Creek Primitive 

Baptist Association 




Elder J. F. Mills, Moderator 

J, W. Jones, Clerk, Marshville, N. C, R. i 


Bear Creek Primitive 
Baptist Association 

Twenty-Fourth Spring Session, Held with the 
Church at High Hill, Union County, N. C, May 
2, 3 and 4, 1908. 

Also the Seventy-Seventh Annual or Fall Ses- 
sion, Held with the Church at Running Creek, 
Stanley Co., N. C, October 3, 4 and 5,1908. 

Compiled and Distributed by J. W. Jones, Clerk 
Marshville, N. C, R. F. D. \ 

Digitized by tine Internet Arcliive 
in 2014 





MAY 2, 1908 

High Hill, Union County, N. C. 
Met at the stand at 11 o'clock a. m. 
The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J. 
F. Mills ; text, 1st John iv. 7. ^ 

Intermission one hour; then assembled in the house. 
Praise and prayer by Elder P. D. Gold, of Wilson. 

1. Called for and read the letters from the churches. 

2. Appointed Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. 
W. Jones clerk. 

3. Invited visiting messengers from sister associa- 
tions to seats. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations 
to seats. The follov/ing brethren appeared and were 
seated : 

Abbott's Creek— P. M. Foster. 

Mill Branch — Winslov\^ Wright, Isom Hinson, and 
L. O. Hinson. 

Country Line — H. W. Johnson. 

Silver Creek — J. R. Moore, Jonas Taylor. 

Black Creek— Elder P. D. Gold. 

Little River— Elder J. E. Adams and D. A. McCaskill 
of Georgia. 


5. Appointed on Committee of Arrangements Breth- 
ren W. C. Edwards, D. M. Hathcock, A. M. Helms, with 
moderator and clerk. 

6. Arranged that Elders P. D. Gold, J, E. Adams, 
J. E. Williams and Henry Taylor preach at the stand on 

7. Adjourned to 9 a. m. Monday. 

Preaching at the stand Saturday afternoon by Elders 
J. E. Adams, A. G. Morton and P. D. Gold, 


Service opened at the stand by Elder J. E. Adams; 
text, Hebrews iv. 9. ^He was followed by Elder P. D. 
Gold ; text, "Blessed are they that do His commandments." 

Intermission of one hour, after which services were 
continued by Elder J. E. Williams; text, Matthew v. 4, 
and concluded by Elder Henry Taylor from Eccles. xii. 13. 


Assembled in pursuance to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder W. R. Helms, 

8. Report of Arrangement Committee read and 

9. Called names of messengers ; noted absentees and 
read Rules of Decorum. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers to report; 
no report — (Distributed corresponding minutes). 

11. Called on presbyteries to report, when Elder J. 


E. Williams reported that he and Deacon W. P. Bowers 
formed a presbytery at Bear Creek church on Saturday 
before the first Sunday in April, 1908, and ordriined 
Brother A. J. Furr a deacon of this church. 
^ 12. We return thanks to God for His goodness and 
brethren and friends of this church and community for 
kindness and hospitality during this meeting. 

13. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last 

Monday services at the stand were conducted by 
Elders W. R. Helms, A. G. Morton, P. D. Gold and Ben 
Treece much to the comfort of the Lord's people. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk. 


Bear Creek — Aaron Furr, J. A. Barbee, G. P. Furr. 
Bethany— W. A. Dry*, N. G. Jones. 

Crooked Creek— J. M. Austin, S. C. Jones, H. E. RoweU. 
Clark's Grove— J. F. HoweR*, S. B. Tucker, E. Barbee*. 
Freedom — Elder Jesse Brown*, J. A. Holt*, A. J. Dees. 
High Hill- J. J. Hill, A. M. Helms, S. A. Helms. 
Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, Alve Ploward, R. B. Burrus. 
Jones Hill— A. E. Little, Futlon Curlee, R. T. Burrus. 
Jerusalem. — Joe Thomas*, W. A. Helms, J. W. Godwin. 
Liberty— S. W. Eason, V/. D. Benton, J. W. Helms. 
Liberty Hill— Elder H. W. V/illiams, ^Y. H. Hinson*, A. G. 

Lawyer's Spring — J. W. Jones, E. W. German, E. C. Jones. 
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, H. Shoe*, J. A. Barbee*. 

Mountain Creek— Paul Safely*, B. L. Treece, J. C. Miller. 
Pleasant Hill — J. S. Norris*, Sam Rimmer, H. P. Cashion. 
Pleasant Grove— C. E. Griffin, J. A. Jones, Elder J. P. Mills. 
Running Creek — W. H. Hatley*, V/ilson Alman, G. M. Tucker. 

Union Grove — B. R. Funderburk, J. H. Hill, .Toe Baucom. 
Watson— W. H. Mullis, E. C. Williams, S. L. MuUis. 
Wadesboro — Adam Green*, W. D. Edwards, A. D. Maness. 

* Absentees marked thus. 



OCTOBER 3, 1908 
Running Creek, Stanley County, N. C. 
Assembled at the stand at 11 o'clock a. m. 
Introductory sermon delivered by Elder Henry 
Taylor from Daniel xxix. 3. 

Intermission one hour; then convened in the house. 
Praise and prayer by Elder B. H. Harrelson, of 
Mill Branch. 

Proceded to business, Elder Mills presiding. 

1. Called for and read letters from the several 
cliurches and their status minuted. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. 
W. Jones clerk. 

3. Invited visiting messengers from sister associa- 
tions to seats: 

From Abbot's Creek appeared Elders C. A .Davis, 
W. T. Broadway and Brethren Solomon Snider, Love 
Morgan, Sam Snider, and A. N. Surrat. 

From Mill Branch, Elder B. H. Harrelson — (min- 
utes also). 

4. Also invited visiting brethren of sister associa- 
tions to seats. Brother J. R. Jones, of Greensboro, was 

5. Appointed on Committee of Arrangement the 
following brethren: E. C. Williams, S. L. Mullis, Elder 
H. Taylor, with moderator and clerk. 

6. Appointed on Finance Committee Brethren 
Aaron Furr and D. B. Howard. 

7. Elected by ballot the following ministers, W. 
T. Broadway, B. H. Harrelson, C. A. Davis and Ben L. 
Treece, to preach at the stand on tomorrow, service to 
commence at 10 a. m. 


8. Adjourned to 9:30 Monday morning. 
Benediction by the moderator. 

Saturday evening while the association was in ses- 
sion in the house Elders Harrelson and Davis conducted 
services at the stand. 


Services conducted at the stand today by the follow- 
ing ministers : 

1. W. T, Broadway; text, **Ye are God's building." 

2. B. H. Harrelson; text, 'Treach the word," and 
also, *'God said. Let there be light and there was light." 

Intermission one hour. 

3. C. A. Davis; text not remembered by clerk. 

4. B. L. Treece ; text, ''I am the way, the truth and 
the life." 

Thus closed the Sunday service. The Lord wonder- 
fully blessed His servants to preach in the power and 
demonstration of the Spirit, and blessed be His name. 


Met pursuant to adjournment in the house. 
Service opened with praise and prayer by Elder J. 
E. Williams. 

Proceeded to regular order. Elder Mills presiding. 

9. Called on Committee of Arrangements to report ; 
the same submitted and adopted and committee dis- 

10. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees, and 

read Rules of Decorum. 


11. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. 

Elder W. T. Broadway reported that they of Abbott's 
Creek were in peace and wish to continue our correspond- 

Elder B. H. Harrelson, of Mill Branch, reported 
peace and union in their association and they wish our 
correspondence continued. 

Received file of minutes as a present from Staunton 
River Association. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers to sister 
associations to report: 

Elder J. E. Williams reported that he and the other 
brethren appointed attended Abbott's Creek Association 
and had a comfortable meeting. 

Elder J. F. Mills reported that he attended Mill 
Branch Association and had a goood meeting. 

Others who failed were excused, 

13. Appointed correspondence with sister associa- 
tions as follows: 

To Mill Branch— Elders J. F. Mills, H. M. Williams, 
and minutes. 

To Abbott's Creek— Elders J. E. Williams, J. F. 
Mills, H. M. Williams, Henry Taylor, and mJnutes. 
To Mountain District — File of minutes. 
To Silver Creek — Elder H. Taylor and minutes. 
To Senter — File of minutes. 

14. Called on presbyteries to report. 

Elder J. E. Williams reported that he and Elder A. 
G. Morton formed a presbytery at Mountain Creek on 
Friday before the fifth Sunday in May, 1908, and ordained 
Brother Ben L. Treece to the full work of the gospel min- 

Elder J. F. Mills reported that he and Elder Henry 


Taylor and the deacons of sister churches present formed 
a presbytery at Union Grove on the second Sunday in 
June and ordained Brother T. F. Hill a deacon of that 

15. Treasurer reports funds on hand from last 
year, $11.00. 

16. Finance committee reports sent up this year, 

Total funds now on hand, $39.50. 

17. Agreed that our Articles of Faith and Rules of 
Decorum be appended to these minutes. 

18. Agreed that the next spring session of this as- 
sociation convene with the church at Jones Hill, Stanley 
county, N. C, commencing on Saturday before the first 
Sunday in May, 1909, Elder J. F. Mills to preach the in- 
troductory sermon, Elder J. E. Williams alternate, and 
that the fall or annual session be held with the church 
at Crooked Creek, Union County, N. C, to commence on 
Saturday before the first Sunday in October, 1909, Elder 
Walter C. Edwards to preach the introductory sermon. 
Elder Henry Taylor alternate. 

19. Agreed that the clerk ask Elder Gold to publish 
notices of above meetings in the Landmark, with an in- 
vitation to orderly Baptists to attend. 

20. Agreed that the clerk have 700 copies of these 
minutes printed and distributed, and have eight dollars 
for his services, and also send the sum of ten dollars to 
our old moderator and afflicted brother. Elder S. C. Little, 
the same to be carried to him, if still living, by Brother 
G. P. Furr, otherwise to be paid over to some member 
of the family. 

21. We return thanks to God and brethren and 
friends of this community for the kindness and hospital- 
ity shown us during this meeting. 


22. Adjourned to times and places above men- 
tioned in these minutes. 

Benediction by the moderator. 

Monday services conducted at the stand by Elders 
Harrelson and Davis. 

Thus ended this meeting in peace and harmony. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 
J. W. Jones, Clerk, 

Marshville, N. C, R. i. 


Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, the 
Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of all God's 
creation and the pattern of -all God's perfection in nature, provi- 
dence, grace and glory, and in relative union with the divine word, 
and thus united with the whole Trinity. 

3. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testa- 
ments contain the only written revealed word of God, and are the 
only perfect rule of faith and practice for God's church in her mili- 
tant state while here on earth. 

4. We believe the doctrine of election, that God chose his 
church in Christ Jesus before the world began. 

5- We believe in all mankind's apostacy by transgression in 
Adam, their federal head. 

6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover himself 
from his fallen state by his own free will and ability. 

8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by grace .ind 
before God by faith in Christ and his righteousness only. 

9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be called, con- 
verted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy Spirit in due time. 

10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in grace and 
never finally fall away. 

11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are or- 
dinances of Christ's appointment and that believers alone are the 
subjects of baptism and the only proper communicants of the sup- 
per, that the mode of baptism is immersion, and that neither of the 


crdinances is to be altered or changed by the inventions or opinions 
of men. 

12. We believe that no man as a minister has any right to 
the administration of any of the ordinances of the gospel except 
such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, regularly baptized, 
called of God and have come under the imposition of hands by a 
regular presbytery. 

13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both the just 
and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked will be 
everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 


1. A moderator, or chief speaker, and clerk may be chosen 
by the suffrages of the members present. 

2. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall take his seat at 
the hour to which the association shall be adjourned, and after 
prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty to keep order, 
and shall be entitled to the same privilege of speech as that of 
another; provided he appoint one of the members to fill the chair 
during the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give a 
vote unless the association be equally divided. 

3. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a time, 
who shall rise from his seat and address the chief speaker by the 
appellation of brother, and while speaking shall confine himself 
strictly to the subject in question, and shall not be interrupted 
unless he digress from the sub-ject, end shall in no wise reflect on 
any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips and failings 
and imperfections, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
without sophistry or criticism. 

4. No person shall speak more than three times on one sub- 
ject without leave of the association. 

5. No person shall absent himself from the association without 

6. No member of the association shall address any other 
member by any other term or name than that of brother. 

7. The chief speaker, or moderator, shall not interrupt one 
member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech is finished, 
except he break the Rules of Decorum. 

7. The names of all the members of this association shall be 
enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as the association 
may require. 

Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break or vio- 
late any of the foregoing rules of this association shall be reproved 
by the association in any way they may think proper. 



Elder J. P. Mills, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder S. C. Little, Albermarle, N. C. 
Elder A. G. Morton, Albermarle, y. C. 
Elder J. B. Williams, Bloomingt<)n, N. C. 
Elder Jesse Brown, Cagles Mill, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Charlotte, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Stouts, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Albermale, N. C. 


On hand from last year 

Sent up by the churches this year 

$11 00 
28 50 


For Printing these minutes 

Allowance to clerk 

Gift to Elder S. C. Little. 

$39 50 

$14 00 
8 00 
10 00 

Total paid out 

$32 00 $32 00 

Left on hand 

$ 7 50 


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Sun. of i ommunion. 

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